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Amityville Horrible (Otherworld Stories #10.8)

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Jaime Vegas—spiritualist, entertainer and, unbeknownst to her audience, real-life necromancer—swore she’d never do another reality ghost show after the last fiasco. But when she’s railroaded into a charity gig, she finds herself back on the set, this time with a cast of photogenic college kids, an up-and-coming Russian spiritualist, and a tale of missing girls and murder i ...more
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Published January 31st 2013 by Subterranean Press (first published November 30th 2012)
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Lainey
Dec 12, 2012 Lainey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is from Jaime's perspective, of course, but we're going to talk about Jeremy first. The reason for this being that the scenes between Jeremy and Jaime made this novella for me. Oh Jeremy, Jeremy. Wherefore art thou...and where can I get one of my own?

Jeremy, for me, is one of the most perfect examples of a romantic interest in an Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal romance series. I still have trouble defining Kelley Armstrong's series genre. He is an Alpha Werewolf who is assertive, but not ove
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Mike
Feb 25, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the second story from the Otherworld series I have read and enjoyed. I need to pick up Men of the Otherworld and read a few more stories before deciding to start one of the novels.
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
3.5 stars

Poor Jamie.

After swearing off televised specials (b/c of the fiasco that the last one was in No Humans Involved), she gets roped into doing another one, but hopes to mitigate the potential fallout by including very specific demands in her contract.

Alas, she is thwarted . . .

SO. Apparently there are lots of WotO fans who hate Jamie. I'm not one of them. If you are, you might want to skip this one, but if you're on the fence . . . it might help you understand her a bit better. It offers
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
I spent a large chunk of this novella thinking "this story is only a shorter version of NO HUMANS INVOLVED just with different ghosts." And, I stayed on that thought train up until the final pages when Armstrong reveals that no— in fact, this story is not at all what it seems. The plot is delightfully creepy, and incorporates a decent amount of this series’ mythology to make it feel like it could have been a full length installment.

Jaime’s always gotten a bad rep in the WOTO series, and is many
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Sandy
Jan 01, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
AMITYVILLE HORRIBLE (Otherworld Series) by Kelley Armstrong

About the book: “I don’t run from ghosts. ”His voice, right at my ear. “You will.”

Jaime Vegas—spiritualist, entertainer and, unbeknownst to her audience, real-life necromancer—swore she’d never do another reality ghost show after the last fiasco. But when she’s railroaded into a charity gig, she finds herself back on the set, this time with a cast of photogenic college kids, an up-and-coming Russian spiritualist, and a tale of missing gi
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Jo
Originally reviewed for and posted at Vampire Book Club

Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars


I was more than a little sad when Thirteen, the final installment of Kelley Armstrong’s fantastic Women of the Otherworld series, was released this summer. With the promise at the end that it wasn’t the last we would see of these characters though, here we have Amityville Horrible a novella featuring Jamie, set sometime between Frostbitten and Waking the Witch.

When Jamie’s manager ropes her into to doing another
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Mary
Feb 24, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, I do love Jamie Vegas and her gorgeous alpha werewolf lover, Jeremy. As a spiritualist and entertainer, Jamie's had to hide the true depths of her gift (burning at the stake for witchcraft is no laughing matter, after all). But she gets dragged into a reality TV show and sent to Amityville. Oh, not to *that* haunted house. The one she winds up in is far worse with ghosts that can kill. Thank goodness her hot man is there to help her out (not that the girl can't take care of herself but it's ...more
Thomas Brand
I will preface this review with the fact that I am aware that this story comes in the middle of a series and uses established characters. I am willing to admit that coming in this way may colour my opinion. However I also believe that any self contained story in a series should also stand alone.

I can't say I was impressed by this story. To be fair to the author, a large part of this is the fact that the moment she started describing the protagonist's amazing, gorgeous werewolf boyfriend I switc
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Julie-anne
Dec 06, 2012 Julie-anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love all things Kelley Armstrong related so I knew I would like this. It has the added bonus of having Jaime and Jeremy as the leads, both are established and well loved characters.
This is actually set a few books ago (Elena is still alpha elect) so I was kind of confused before this information clicked in my head.
I really do love reading Jeremy out with his alpha-hood, I hope there'll be more Jeremy stories from Kelley.
ambyr
Obtained a while ago as part of the Subterranean Humble Bundle.

This kept me flipping pages but was ultimately a disappointment. I found the mystery intriguing but the resolution rushed, and the romance (particularly the sex scenes) had me rolling my eyes.

Not my genre. Would not read other books in the series.
Melanie
Mar 12, 2013 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-2013, 4-stars, uf
3.5 stars.

This book is told from Jaime's POV. She is by no means my favorite narrator. Her stories always seem the same to me. Not bad, but nothing spectacular either. Good news, Jeremy is in this book.
Devices
To begin, I love Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series. I've read all of the full length novels and several of the novellas. Jaime happens to be one of my favorite characters in the series. She's clever without being book smart, knowledgable in her field, and always quick to catch on even when in an unfamiliar situation. Add to that confidence, courage, and likable personality and it's hard not to like her. That's what makes this novella so disappointing.

The set up in the beginning deserved a mu
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Tal
Feb 07, 2016 Tal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy, e-books
Jaime Vegas—spiritualist, entertainer and, unbeknownst to her audience, real-life necromancer—swore she’d never do another reality ghost show after the last fiasco. But when she’s railroaded into a charity gig, she finds herself back on the set, this time with a cast of photogenic college kids, an up-and-coming Russian spiritualist, and a tale of missing girls and murder in New England. It’s cheesy, but that’s show business. With her werewolf Alpha lover, Jeremy Danvers, along to keep her nights ...more
Nicole
Dec 03, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, e-book
Great novella - Kelley's stories narrated by Jaime are among my favorites. This one was no exception. The plot was solid, for the short format of a novella. I also like the way Kelley tied this in to Jaime's full-length novel, while still keeping it as its own story. It was also great for Jaime to have one-liners here and there poking fun at how she's usually the one in trouble, instead of the one getting people OUT of trouble. Very fun for fans of the series, and I think those who enjoy ghost s ...more
James Taylor
Jaime Vegas (described as a Necromancer) is a psychic medium that can see and communicate with the dead. During her shows, she fakes the ability to keep things in her control. During a charity televised event, a more powerful spirit seems to be at work...
It's hard to describe the story in more detail without spoiling the story. The book lays the groundwork for a really cool story. Then it just ends. The twist ending is actually good, it just feels a bit abrupt and came way too soon; it doesn't g
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Nicholas Miller
Jaime Vegas is a necromancer and spiritualist. She has done reality shows, but mostly live performances. She has become a sort of celebrity because of the last show she did. However, she is done with TV.

Jaime doesn't actually summon ghosts doing live shows because if she did then there would be too many asking for minor favors ("hey tell my husband to stop flirting with the neighbor"). Instead, she just has a certain incense burned doing the show so as not to be disturbed.

At the top of the sto
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Erin
Jan 02, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Amityville Horrible was a very fun read and fans of Kelley Armstrong will enjoy it. While it is a very short novella it has some mystery, it is both funny and spooky, and it offers glimpses into the Otherworld and some of our favorite characters from it. Like Kelley's other novellas this one is likely best enjoyed by fans of her books who know the back stories and relationships. New readers will simply not get as much out of this book.
My favorite part of Amityville--as with all of her books-- wa
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Jennifer
Jan 16, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition



I love Kelley Armstrong and her Women Of The Otherworld series.

Amityville Horrible is an e-novella in the Women of the Otherworld series featuring Jaime. It is set after Frostbitten (book 10), but before Waking The Witch (book 11). I would not read it unless you've read the other Women Of The Otherworld books.

Since Thirteen I've been missing the series. So I was very happy to have another story to read featuring the characters from the Women Of The Otherworld series.

Jaime is the narrator. But we
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Jess
Dec 07, 2012 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: C

Jaime gets forced into doing another reality special, being told it’s for charity, but really it’s just an excuse to stage a haunted house and feed into viewers using Jaime’s celebrity. When she checks into her hotel prior to taping, she sees three young ghosts, all women who are “reliving” their murders in the hotel at the hands of one man. The women are all wearing clothes that indicate that they’re from different eras and Jaime shares her
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Nancy O'Toole
Jamie Vegas is a necromancer who makes her living doing live shows as a spiritualist. She’s branched out to television in the past, with disastrous results. Jamie has pledged to never do reality TV again until her agent makes her an offer she can’t refuse. This leads her onto the set of a bogus haunted house. Jamie is shocked when she discovers real ghosts on the property, only they don’t act like any ghosts she’s encountered. With the help of her werewolf boyfriend, Jeremy Danvers, Jamie will n ...more
Meghan
Jul 04, 2013 Meghan rated it really liked it
Oh Jamie. At least you didn't get kidnapped this time!

This was a nice little novella, which I hadn't even heard about until finding it on Goodreads! I read this after finishing Thirteen, the last (supposedly) in the Otherworld series, so I was quite happy to get back to the world that Ms Armstrong has built and even happier to have a story from Jamie's perspective. She was always one of my favorites in the series...

The story was pretty fun and centers around Jamie heading to a new reality show
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Bea
I like Jaime and Jeremy so very much. I had hesitations about Jaime when she was first introduced but I like her more with each appearance. Unlike some readers, I've never hated Jaime. She is in many respects a normal person: she rarely uses her necromancer talent and never for money, she struggles with career choices and family issues, she deals with disapproval from her boyfriend's family, etc. She's not the most powerful supernatural out there although more than she once realized. In all, bei ...more
Jenevieve
Apr 28, 2013 Jenevieve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
A novella set in the Women of the Otherworld series. Jamie Vegas is a real life necromancer who plays a spiritualist on stage for a living. After her last disastrous attempt at breaking into TV, she has decided that the normal show circuit is more to her liking until she is railroaded into another TV show. With her lover, Jeremy (alpha werewolf) by her side, she squares her shoulders and prepares for the show but even before the show starts, things start going weird and the spirits are waiting f ...more
Amarilli
Apr 30, 2016 Amarilli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, fantasy, eng, horror, 2010s
Credo di aver pescato questo titolo in un Humble Bundle o qualcosa del genere, perché non leggo mai libri dal mezzo di una serie che non conosco. Infatti non ho potuto apprezzarlo di sicuro come chi già conosce i personaggi e il loro background. Per me purtroppo è stato solo un romanzetto per un paio d'ore di svago, senza nessuna profondità, che non mi ha lasciato nessun desiderio di recuperare gli altri titoli della serie.
Karen
Oct 20, 2015 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c-okay
Pretty well written, just not my kind of genre. I thought it did a good job of introducing the characters to a first-time reader, and the plot twist was interesting. It was about the right length to keep me interested long enough to finish it, but I'm not likely to seek out the rest of the series. If you like the premise, though, it's probably worth reading.
Ayse
Mar 20, 2013 Ayse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great novella by Armstrong. she rarely disappoints even in her shorter work. This was a solid piece and well told -- I am a Jamie fan, and I liked all the references to most of the otherworld characters. I am an especial fan of Paige so it was nice to have a mention of her. One laugh out loud moment -- "And I would have gotten away with it too ... if it weren't for you pesky kids" nice shout out there. My only complaint was the reason for the set-up: it could have used more fleshing out. ...more
Kris
Oct 31, 2015 Kris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun to see the kids

Just stumbled over this story and thought it would be fun to revisit the characters. A fun ride, a little confusing at times, but all's well when you end up with Jeremy inviting you to bed. Alas, there was no library in this story.
Kay
Mar 02, 2014 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
4 1/2 stars

Very cute short story. I haven't read any of the other books in this series, but this one piqued my interest enough to want to start from the beginning. The main characters were written well with the perfect amount of supernatural abilities.
Cheryl
Jan 01, 2013 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novellas, paranormal
As long as Kelley Armstrong keeps writing novellas and short stories, I'll keep buying them - albeit, not a hardcover, but the digital price is well worth it for a little visit back to the Otherworld universe.

In this case, we sort of revisit No Humans Involved. There isn't the sexual tension between Jaime and Jeremy, since they are a very happy couple, but it's still a fun, if fast read.

My only confusion is where exactly it fits in the Otherworld timeline. Elena is not the alpha, although her c
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Nik
Jun 11, 2015 Nik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novella was a fun read for an afternoon. Reminded me of Dresden a bit with the whole magic hidden in plain sight angle. I didn't love it, but the bite-sized format means I'll probably pick up another one some time.
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